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5 steps to check Pre-Launch System Configuration

This article lists 5 configuration items you should check before making your Magento site live. It is assumed that you have already finished your design, development and testing phases, and have customized your store to match your look, feel, and business needs.

When you develop and test your website, there may be some irrelevant configuration settings, so you need to set and/or double-check befor you go into production.

Below is an Admin System Configuration checklist you should use once your site is staged and prepares to go live. We will mention  the backend, section by section and show which pieces are relevant and important.

1. System → Configuration : General Settings

General tab → Website Restrictions panel (EE users only)Ensure that your website access is not restricted.

Pre-Launch System Configuration Checklist

Web → Unsecure URL

Verify that your frontend URL is correct for your live environment. 

Pre-launch system configuration checklist

Web → Secure URL

A 100% Signed and Trusted Certificate should be installed in the server when using secure base URL. 

Pre-launch system configuration checklist

Store eMail Addresses

These email addresses will be used in sending and receiving email notifications (i.e. new order, invoice, shipment, credit memo, product price alerts, newsletters, etc.).  So, make sure to update these fields with valid business email addresses.

 

2. System → Configuration : Sales Settings

Invoice and Packing Slip Design

Ensure that this is configured with your own business information. It’s very important to have a professional invoice matching your brand identity

Tax

Ensure that the Tax configuration settings are properly configured according to your business tax rules.  Importing tax rates into Magento can easily be done under Sales -> Tax -> Import / Export Tax Rates.

Shipping Settings

Ensure that the origin section contains the shipping origin of your business.

 Pre-launch system configuration checklist

Shipping Methods

Enable the carrier and appropriate shipping methods that your company uses.

Google API

Magento is integrated with Google API to allow your business to use the robust features of google such as Google Analytics, Google Base, Google Checkout, Google Website Optimizer.  If you wish to use these features, you need to have Google Analytics, Base, & Merchant accounts.

PayPal

Same as Google API, Magento is integrated with PayPal to allow your business to use PayPal payment methods.  If you’re going to use this payment method, ensure that before going live, you aren’t using Sandbox Mode, which is the test mode for testing this payment method.

Payment Methods

Enable the payment method(s) that your company uses and ensure that these payment methods are properly configured (i.e. order status, accepted currency, allowed countries, etc.)

 

3. System -> Advanced

System > Cron (Scheduled Tasks) – all the times are in minutes 

Pre-launch system configuration checklist.

Ensure that Cron jobs are set to run at the desired time.  These cron jobs are critical in ensuring that catalog price rules stick with the product prices, newsletters/customer alerts are sent, Google sitemaps are generated, automatic updating of currency rates, and scheduled database logs are cleaned. For more information about setting up cron jobs, you may refer to this page on the wiki.System -> Log Cleaning 

 Pre-launch system configuration checklist, 

Log cleaning must be enabled to ensure that your database log tables are cleaned. If you do not set this to clear your database log_ tables, your database can grow very large once you’re in production and receiving your full traffic. The Save Log days should be set to keep logs according your needs and server capacity.

4. System -> Transactional Emails

The default email templates can be updated to reflect your branding more accurately by adding a new template and loading a default email template.

Under the System -> Configuration section, the following sections below use transactional email templates and email senders:

General Section

  • Contacts -> Email Options

 Catalog Section

  • Catalog -> Product Alerts
  • Email to a Friend

 Customers Section

  • Newsletter -> Subscription Options
  • Customer Configuration -> Create New Account Options
  • Customer Configuration -> Password Options
  • Customer Configuration -> Store Credit Options
  • Wishlist -> Share Options
  • Invitations -> Customer Invitation Email Template
  • Reward Points -> Email Notification Settings

Sales Section

  • Sales Emails -> Order
  • Sales Emails -> Order Comments
  • Sales Emails -> Invoice
  • Sales Emails -> Invoice Comments
  • Sales Emails -> Shipment
  • Sales Emails -> Shipment Comments
  • Sales Emails -> Credit Memo
  • Sales Emails -> Credit Memo Comments
  • Checkout -> Payment Failed Emails
  • Gift Cards -> Gift Card Email Setting
  • Gift Cards -> Email sent from Gift Card Account management

 Advanced Section

  • Admin -> Admin User Emails
  • System -> Log Cleaning

 

…and last, but definitely not least, once you’ve gone through this checklist, make sure to test everything before going live.

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